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Just some more illiterate and uninformed opinions on the ORCL-GOOG verdict.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/death-free-software-how-google-killed-gpl-annette-hurst

Oh, wait. That's by Oracle's lead prosecutor.

Listening to the case, I had assumed their attempt to misrepresent so many small truths was intentional sophistry on a scale that would make Trump proud. But it seems it really was ignorance.
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And yet all too many GPL maximalists argue along pretty much the Oracle lines when they want to prevent "evil" corporations "stealing" their code. Maybe this will make them realise they can't have it both ways, but it's probably too much to hope for.
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I took a walk round to one of San Francisco's finest view points yesterday, on a beautiful warm, breezy day.
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If you have a chance still: Rent a bike, ride over that bridge. Its lots of fun!
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Just in case anyone thinks Greece is being baled out; it's not. It's foreign banks and lenders who are being baled out. The Greeks are still screwed.
 
From €216B credit "given" to Greece:

86.9B used for debt payments
52.3B used for interest payments
37.3B to recapitalise Greek banks.

Only 9.7B actually landed in Greek budget.

Numbers from a new research paper (not publicly available AFAICS) by the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), mentioned in http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/griechenland-hilfsmilliarden-retteten-vor-allem-banken-a-1090710.html
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Griechenland kommt trotz aller Hilfsprogramme nicht aus der Krise. Ein Grund dafür: Weniger als fünf Prozent der Milliardenkredite kamen laut einer Studie im Haushalt an - mit dem Rest wurden europäische Banken gerettet.
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Yes, I'm aware. Our media doesnt seem to get that though. Trying to get blood ftom a turnip.
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"A new lawless backwater cited in the report's Watch List this year is that notorious failed state, Switzerland."

Paging +Georg Greve +Matthias Stürmer et al
 
The EFF has published a splendid smackdown of the USTR's outrageous Special 301 Report for 2016
Every year at around this time the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issues a Special 301 Report in which it chastises other countries for not submitting to its unilateral demands (often lacking any legal basis) as to how they should be enforcing copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets in their countries.
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Ah Switzerland, they haven't had a proper war for centuries. What kind of country is that anyway?
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The EU move to allow FRAND licensing terms in standards is bad, and it's not just a matter of license compliance. Framing it that way will be bad for everyone. We need to start to think about open source and free software beyond licensing.
The European Commission has been persuaded by lobbyists to change its position on standards to permit the use of FRAND license terms for patents applicable to technologies within those standards. T…
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That's the one - "Beware Falling Rocks" I think. I took it many years ago.
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I can think of several people who might want to apply for this...
 
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You want to save the Internet? We are looking for a Writer/Campaigner for Net Neutrality (temporary for three months)
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Just in case you thought the earlier reports of this problem with Apple Music were a glitch and must be fixed by now: wrong. Apple will delete your music collection when you subscribe. Think of it as the Music industry "normalising" your collection and fixing the piracy "problem" they think exists because you copied your CDs to disk instead of buying them all again and again in each new format.

If you are thinking of trying Apple Music, make sure you have a backup first as they will delete your music, making it unavailable offline or if you end the subscription to Apple Music.

[Disclaimer: I have not verified this as I do not have an Apple Music account.]
“The software is functioning as intended,” said Amber. “Wait,” I asked, “so it’s supposed to delete my personal files from my internal hard drive without asking my permission?” “Yes,” she replied. …
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Your not the first to say this. Imperial Apple gets away with a lot. Can't wait for them to get hauled on the carpet by dome organization with cojones.
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Delighted to see both badges and barnstars emerging for use in the #LibreOffice  community.
 
The Month of #LibreOffice starts here!
Every contribution to the LibreOffice project - whether it's a large code patch or just a small bug report - makes the software better for everyone. Over the last few years we've had many thousands of contributions from all around the world, and in May 2016 we really want to highlight all the effort goes in to LibreOffice. So we're running a new campaign to credit everyone who contributes to ...
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I first heard Aoife O'Donovan on Transatlantic Sessions and ever since then have watched for her work. She has been on +A Prairie Home Companion quite a bit in the last year, and this album she has released is a current favourite. Maybe you'll like it too.
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While I am with FSFE on this, I think they miss the point by treating FRAND as a license compliance issue; all that will happen is corporate lawyers will recommend avoiding the GPL.  The problem is neither limited to license compliance nor to the requirement for payment. No, it's a software freedom issue that goes beyond licensing.

The real problem is that FRAND licensing prohibits unfettered usage of implementations and usually requires usage tracking, violating OSD
 1, 3, 7 and probably OSD 2, 5, 6. Under these conditions most open source developers outside the cross-licensing cartel of a traditional standards body cannot or will not participate. Just because you can find an OSD-compliant license under which these other issues are not mentioned doesn't mean you've found a solution. 

Allowing FRAND means prohibiting true open source collaboration. It's that simple.

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EU jeopardises its own goals in standardisation with FRAND licensing
Press. EU jeopardises its own goals in standardisation with FRAND licensing. Flattr this Support FSFE. on: 2016-04-28. On 19 April, the European Commission published a communication on "ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market" (hereinafter 'the Communication').
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Sun's legacy all but extinguished.
 
“The Java·net and Kenai·com forges will be going dark on April 28, 2017”
Information about the Java.net forge closure and instructions for project owners to request a copy of their project assets.
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Oracle likes to go in for the kill, which is a high for them. Sort of ADHD in that keeping their attention long-term is a challenge for them.
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Theresa May wants to leave the European Convention on Human Rights so decisions like the one to block 3000 unaccompanied child refugees can't be challenged. 
Government defeats immigration bill amendment that would have let 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian minors enter UK
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These situations are harrowing, and heart breaking. However, we will never fix the issues of any nation by allowing the able, and intelligent to leave. This will only extend the misery, look at Moldova. I have worked with Christian Response to Eastern Europe trying to fix a broken nation where only orphans, disabled and the elderly remain. The central pillar of that society left and what remained collapsed.

The only way forward is to help them where they are, to address the issues on the ground and find resolution.

We do not need charters, treaties and directives to show us how to do the right thing.

Our history as a nation shows that we have within our culture and nature the capability to do those things and so much more, but only if we can act unencumbered and without external directives.
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  • Meshed Insights Ltd
    Director, 2013 - present
  • Wipro Technologies
    Director, 2015 - 2015
  • Meshed Insights & Knowledge
    Independent Consultant, 2011 - 2013
  • ForgeRock
    Chief Strategy Officer, 2010 - 2011
  • Sun Microsystems
    Chief Open Source Officer, 2000 - 2010
  • IBM
    Chief Java Evangelist, 1995 - 2000
  • IBM
    Conferencing Systems, 1990 - 1995
  • Unisys
    BTOS/CTOS Specialist, 1987 - 1990
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    Medium Systems Specialist, 1982 - 1987
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Grizzled and eclectic geek, campaigning for digital rights.
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Founder/CEO at Meshed Insights Ltd, a director at the Open Source Initiative, The Document Foundation and the Open Rights Group; writer, speaker and consultant on digital liberty, especially open source policy and practice.
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Sony's drive-by copyright takedown illustrates the harm old business models can do to new approaches like open source

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Microsoft opens .Net but misses the point with mobile
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Unprecedented change continues to flow from Microsoft. But does the company really 'get it'?

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The Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank case has reached the Supreme Court, and expectations run high that we may finally get clarity on the legality of

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5 bitcoin exchanges you can use right now
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A basic hotel on the outskirts of the redevelopment around Media City. Not an especially convenient location but we'll connected between two Metrolink stations. Usual Ibis Budget facility of a box with a bed to sleep in. Bring your own shampoo.
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reviewed 5 months ago
Every dish is a work of art, both in presentation and in the flavour and quality of the food. Each visit has been special.
Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
A busy coffee shop and lunch spot. Good ambience, especially in the garden, and tasty food in sometimes small portions. Pigwich is awesome, pulled pork was tasty but green side salad was disappointing limp iceberg not the "mixed green leaves" advertised. Service very friendly; fast for drinks but slow for food.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Great meal. Ideal portions of well-considered ingredient combinations. Excellent salads, lovely hangar steak. Dessert was good. The wine list was priced high and hard to scan because it is only available on an iPad, but we did discover a less-known Italian gem buried deep within. Overall an excellent meal.
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reviewed a year ago
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Very helpful owner with a fine selection of local wine and grappa. Try the excellent house grappa.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
A Soviet-era hotel with clinical interiors and minimal service. Don't be deceived by the suggestion it has a "restaurant open until 10pm" - it was closed, and the staff were reluctant to help with anything much. When we ordered take out for our party in the absence of any service, the hotel staff tut-tutted us into a side room. Compared with other hotels in Ukraine this was expensive and unfriendly and I'd not stay here again.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Expensive, better than some, still not the best. An unpretentious Parisian bar/brasserie more favoured by locals than the other tourist traps nearby. There was a good selection of food and drink which we generally enjoyed. Expensive for what we got though, and the restaurant does not make good its errors. For example, my wife's Tarte Tatin was burnt black, yet the waiter just shrugged it off when we pointed it out and made no attempt to address the problem or discount the bill. There are better options locally and you may prefer to choose them.
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